Initial Descent: December 24 – 30, 2017

Pissboiler
Pissboiler

And the countdown to another year begins. Time is always something that mystifies me, particularly how fast it goes. Seems like just yesterday we were all researching our most anticipated albums for 2017 and here we are again, getting ready to seal off the chamber and dive knee deep in more research. Anyway, hope you had a good holiday and cheers to a Happy New Year. This week’s list is quite short but fear not, there’s enough quality to make up for the minimal quantity. First up is some ferocious funeral doom and from a band with a name like Pissboiler I totally expect nothing but some sludgy, nasty and downright sickening doom and with In the Lair of Lucid Nightmares this is precisely what is offered. Next up and quenching a ten year silence is Nortt with the sorrowful, intimate and depressive doom of Endeligt, one must get their mind right to enter here but those that do will be rewarded. Rounding out the top slots and lightening the mood a bit is Morrow on their long player Fallow which is full of hardcore, crust, punk and a ton of killer (look for the LP release in the spring of 2018 on Halo of Flies and Alerta Antifascista). Short week but good stuff to wrap your ears around here so get in there… Continue reading

Initial Descent: August 27 – September 2, 2017

Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost

Our hearts go out to all those affected from Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in its aftermath. Please find a legit way to help and donate or do whatever you can in whatever capacity you’re able. So many need your help right now and will into the coming months. This is not something that will right itself quickly.

If you’re still here it’s time for new metal and, as usual, we have plenty to go around. Paradise Lost kicks us off this week with Medusa, their fifteenth full length…let that sink in for a moment…got it? Good, because you need this dose of heavy doom/death metal — this far along and the band just does not lose any steam whatsoever. Next up is Corspehammer with their EP Posesión and Chris said it best with this: “Bathory meets Venom and has a quick lunch gushing over how amazing Motörhead are.” Tasty indeed, so get on it. Moving along is the debut album, Seo Mere Saetanfrom Dead Woman’s Ditch and it’s a terrifying yet hefty amalgamation of death, black, doom and sludge that glues your attention span for 40 plus minutes. Rounding out the opening slots is a black metal Split release from At Dusk and Sacerdos that perfectly balances striking ambiance with vicious fury, highly recommended. Four down and many more to go so stick around and explore with us. Continue reading

Her Highness, Black Metal: Black Metal Round – Up, March 2017

Bathing Goddess
Statue of the Goddess Venus, part of the environment “The bathing Venus” – Caserta (Italy)

Black metal is Venus Anadyomene. She is death incarnate. She waits for her next victim. She preys on men and women, besotted by her beauty. Slowly, you approach her. Slowly she surrenders herself. In your arms she caresses your cheek with the back of her hand, Then, she sodomizes your ears. She rapes your soul. She is beautiful, but at an angle, the moonlight casts a glow on her true condition. She is death. Pluto, god of the underworld, sends her forth and awaits the many souls she claims with a kiss. Black metal is beautiful, and just like Venus, she’s capricious.

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